October, 2006

From the Virtual Earth (Mappoint) blog:

Please be advised that we will release a new version of the Virtual Earth Map Control on Tuesday, November 7th 2006.…Due to an upcoming marketing campaign surrounding this release we cannot elaborate on the exciting new features that will be in

 

Things are definitely heating up in Windows Live land, with new releases coming at a regular clip (and more to come, soon), and the marketing effort for the just released services coming on strong, too.  Full page ads are appearing in the US for Live Search, with …

Just like we said it would when we  posted last week, Windows Live Messenger 8.1 has gone into public beta, and available for download at ideas.live.com.  According to the ideas page, the new version offers:

• Redesigned, smarter contact cards give you more data about and easier

Microsoft today announced, to a relatively large amount of fanfare, the release of Office Live on November 15th. The press release has all the facts, with Mary-Jo Foley providing some good analysis. The highlights are:

  • A change in the offerings, with a Premium level now being offered alongside Basic

News is filtering out that Steve Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering, is orchestrating another reorg at MSN and Windows Live. Focusing on consistency and improving products across the board (over incubation projects), the reorg aims to cut out middle management, and will divide Windows/Windows …

Over at the Soapbox blog they've posted a few photos of the new mobile Soapbox. With YouTube already having a mobile feature, this is yet more catchup from the Microsoft guys. Do many people actually upload videos from their mobile phones that aren't of people happy slapping? Let us

According to attendees of Windows Live Sessions (FR), Windows Live Messenger 8.1 will be entering public beta on ideas.live.com early next week, most likely Monday or Tuesday depending on your timezone.

For those who haven't been following the beta, the main changes currently included are:

  • Improved contact cards
  • Display

Microsoft released earnings yesterday in a rise of 11 percent in revenue and operating income.  What's interesting, and both Todd Bishop and Mary Jo Foley point out, is that buried in the 10Q is the fact that online services profit fell because of a 40% increase in headcount, …

No this isn't an April Fool's joke. Windows Live Barcode enables users to store their own data in QR codes, which are already present on Spaces for markets like Japan. From the homepage:

What is Windows Live Barcode Windows Live Barcode is a set of services that transfer information

“Microsoft Office Live…is going LIVE!”, according to an email newsletter sent to beta testers, with the release expected as early as next week.  The website management offering (not, we repeat, an online version of Microsoft Office) provides domain name and email account personalization, web site traffic stats, online workspace, and a number of …

WLMail new icon.gifAny platform. Any browser. Any language. Windows Live makes it easy for developers to extend and customize applications through open service APIs, straightforward licensing, and permissive terms of use.

The new Live for You webcasts are your opportunity to get trained on Windows Live in advance of the …

Zack points today to the newly revamped Windows Live entry point: get.live.com – with an easier to navigate main page featuring the "orb", and categorizing the services.

Question is which is more impressive – that Windows Live services are being tied together in a coherent fashion, or that the MS …

WLMail new icon.gif Ben Poon just posted over on the Windows Live Mail blog that the latest build (M8) is now available to all. It was originally released 2 weeks ago as part of a gradual roll out to the service's 9million users, presumably in an effort to avoid some of …

We just got word that the Windows Live Expo team is working on a new charity project along with MercyCorps and the rock band, Presidents of the USA to raise money for global communities trying to recover from war.  The band is showing their world premiere video as …

News from around the Windows Live web:

Orange, the France-Telecom brand for its mobile and broadband commercial offerings, announced that they have joined forces with Microsoft and Windows Live to offer an instant messaging service that can be accessed from both PC and mobile devices, to be called …

If you were in any doubt as to which way most of the big internet portals think search is going, Amazon has made it crystal clear; Askville, Amazon's new social search service, has launched into beta in competition with the likes of Yahoo Answers and Windows Live QnA. Since …

Most plugins for Live Writer will have a form appear when you click on the Insert link within Live Writer, this form will perform the functionality of the plugin and return the code or text that will be put in the blog entry. Within this form, you can …

BetaNews is today reporting that Cornell University and Kirtas Technologies, a maker of scanners and digitization software have said that Tuesday they signed deals with Microsoft to support its Windows Live Book Search Project. Microsofts answer to Google Book Search, announced in late 2004.

“We believe that searching and finding

A few years ago, if you wanted your own search engine, you would have had to work very hard in a garage creating algorithms and all sorts of crazy stuff. Now, thanks to Live Search you can create your own search engine with ease, without having to know …

On10 has a video interview with Rob Bennett from the MSN Soapbox Team, as well as 10,000 invites to the closed beta run from ideas.live.com. So if you haven't signed up yet, this is probably the easiest way to see what the site is about.

(Note, the …